MANUFACTURING, ENGINEERING, INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS DESIGN
With more than 1,100 employees and annual revenues of $343.5 million, this sector boasts a diverse group of companies.
A standout is Pleora Technologies, a provider of video interfaces that has led the way in defining global standards for video delivery over Ethernet.
Founder and CEO George Chamberlain recognized back in 2000 the potential that the Ethernet posed for video networks.
“At that time it was done using proprietary networks, proprietary hardware and software and cabling,” says Pleora president Harry Page. “George Chamberlain saw how broadly deployed the Ethernet was becoming. It was becoming the global standard, and he believed that there was a need to develop technology to take advantage of that.”
Chamberlain’s work informed the basis of the Gigabit Ethernet GigE Vision standard. One hundred and sixty companies from around the world participate in the standards body, and Pleora continues to co-chair the committee that was created in 2003.
The breakthrough made setting up inspection systems much more accessible, Page explains.
“It allowed these video applications to be managed like an Ethernet network, to allow for broadcasting and multicasting, so it’s built on a lot of the advantages that Ethernet had that weren’t available in the old inherent legacy technologies.”
Pleora’s technology was originally developed for factory automatic applications, particularly for the quality control inspection of electronics such as circuit boards.
“It really was kind of the emergence of what we call ‘intelligent imaging,’ so that’s taking in a high-quality image and using that as a basis to make a decision,” says Page, whose company employs 62 people.
The technology is now pervasive, used for inspection systems in the transportation, medical and military sectors, and Pleora’s interfaces can